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by Alan Ayckbourn

On-stage at the Duchess Theatre, Chatsworth Centre, West Gate, Long Eaton
Thursday 4th  - Saturday 6th November 2010


From Ayckbourn’s trilogy ‘Damsels in Distress', RolePlay is a hilarious piece with dark undertones, a vintage ‘dinner-party from hell’.  Ayckbourn is a master at handling people divided by class, accent, habits and race. A young well-to-do couple, living in a posh docklands apartment, have planned a civilised occasion when they hope to introduce each other’s parents and also announce their engagement.  The situation is tense enough before the arrival of two unexpected guests, one a lap-dancing gangster’s moll, the other her burly gun-toting minder.  What her parents (the bigoted northern stereotype and his dim twittering wife) and his mother (toy-boy chasing and drink-soaked) find when they arrive shows us that the bourgeois guests, under their respective veneers, are far more frightening than the interlopers.   Each of Ayckbourn’s characters is playing a role to escape reality

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Kath Price  Julie-Ann Jobson
Kath Price
Ian Skidmore  Justin Lazenby
Ian Skidmore
 Liz O'Hara Paige Petite
Lizzie O'Hara
Kai Dase Micky Rale
Kai Dase
Martin Holtom Derek Jobson
Martin Holtom
Celia Billau  Dee Jobson
Celia Billau
Moya Magee   Arabella Lazenby
Moya Magee
Liz Turner Director
Liz Turner


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